The Victorian Farmers Federation is celebrating as years of lobbying for on farm energy investment have finally borne fruit. Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford announced a new $30 million Agriculture Energy Investment Plan, which will provide farmers with on farm energy assessments and grants, as well as demonstrations, research, and skills and education works.
“The VFF has been calling for energy efficiency grants for years, and are pleased to see the government has taken that on board,” said VFF President David Jochinke. “This is a good initiative to help individual farmers take control of their energy costs.”
The survey conducted by Agriculture Victoria clearly indicated that cost and reliability of energy were significant industry concerns, with responses from 215 farmers. These responses confirmed the VFF position – that cost, reliability and access are the key pain points for farmers.
United Dairyfarmers of Victoria President, Adam Jenkins, shared similar sentiments.